Knicks 104 Warriors 106
Pace (Poss) Eff eFG FT/FG OREB% TOr NYK 94.7 (92.2) 105.1 45.9% 21.2 27.9 14.2 GSW 110.7 48.8% 26.5 31.3 14.0
Yet again the Knicks bobble, then catch up. They outscore the Warriors 59-47 in the middle two quarters, but are outscored 59-45 in the 1st & 4th quarters. The culprits: Curry & Randolph. The Knicks were -10 for the 18 minutes Eddy Curry was on the court and -12 for Zach’s 33 minutes. It really kills me that these guys played poorly, but I’m not surprised by it. Both players should have been able to score big against the smaller frontcourt of Golden State. They should have been able to draw double teams and opened up the perimeter for the Knicks. But Curry was unable to keep himself on the court, and didn’t notch a single assist. Randolph had 6 assists, but it seemed he was happy to stay on the perimeter for most of the night. He only hit 4 of 11 shots, hardly the results you’d expect from a low-post bruiser.
I like Mardy Collins getting minutes, especially at the start. This is because the Knicks are going to start Crawford, Richardson, Randolph and Curry. That group doesn’t need a scorer like Robinson, they need defense, badly. Personally I’d rather see Nate & Balkman in the starting 5, but I also wish my credit card bills were smaller. Before the game Collins’ PER was an anemic 2.6, but I think he brings defense and rebounding – something this team needs.
Robinson played well, despite his poor shooting. He’s probably still bothered by that cut above his eye given to him by David Lee. And I like the effort given by Balkman. He only missed one shot, and filled up the stat sheet like he typically does when given minutes: 11pts, 4reb, 1ast, 2stl, and 3blk. At times Balkman covered Davis, at other times he was the PF on the court.
All 5 of the Golden State starters played at least 35 minutes, with 3 of them surpassing 41. I guess you can throw out the notion that the Knick reserves only do well against the other team’s reserves, that’s if you had that notion in your head. The Knicks keep losing games by doling out the minutes by contract — but if that nets them a few more pingpong balls, I can deal with it for the time being. At times I tape the games when I can’t see them live. Maybe I should time it so that I only catch the middle half? This way I don’t have to depressed at the start or ending of Knick games.